North Shore Times : January 12th 2016
Outdoor theatre’s milestone P3 Lucy Knight says thanks P4 North Shore Times Tuesday, January 12, 2016 YOUR PLACE, YOUR PAPER Despite signs saying ‘‘no junk’’, rubbish piled up outside the East Coast Bays Red Cross shop for days over the summer holiday period. PHOTO: EMILY FORD/FAIRFAX NZ Charity stores are fed up EMILY FORD Op shop volunteers have had it with people dumping rubbish outside their stores. Mounds of clothes, electronics, mattresses and couches are just some of the unwanted trash volunteers are having to dispose of each day. Despite the ‘‘no junk’’ warning signs outside the East Coast Bays Red Cross shop, people have been using it as a dumping ground for years. Long time volunteer Cathy Currey spends most mornings clearing rubbish dumped on the shop’s doorstep. The shop has to pay to dispose of the unwanted junk and it’s increasingly frustrating, Currey says. ‘‘We’re trying to help people and do good. So much of our money is being used taking this rubbish to the dump,’’ Currey says. ‘‘That money is coming out of something else that could be used by the Red Cross to help people.’’ Despite a full carpark of rub- bish when Currey returned in January, it’s not just isolated to the holiday season. She says it’s the worst after Sunday markets in Browns Bay each week. The shop can’t use any of the stuff being dumped and Currey was told by Auckland Council that it’s the Red Cross’s responsibility to dispose of it. ‘‘I don’t think it’s fair to expect a charity to get rid of the rubbish. ‘‘We have to abide by their rules but I think the council could lower fees at tips so people will think about going there instead.’’ At the IHC Opportunity Shop in Birkenhead, volunteer Laurie Wesley faces a similar issue. He says the biggest influx comes at the end of January when people have done big cleans but only about 25 per cent of it is sellable. ‘‘A lot of the items are things like mattresses and there’s no way they could be used for anything,’’ Wesley says. Auckland Council waste solutions manager Ian Stupple says it can take action on rubbish on public land outside op shops. He says the council isn’t responsible for rubbish dumped on private property, which includes charity shop premises. While people are liable for dumping rubbish on private property, the council needs evidence like names, addresses or video footage to enforce it. Stupple says charities can apply for discounted rates at the Waitakere transfer station which is the nearest council-operated one to the North Shore. East Coast Bays Red Cross volunteers, from left, Elaine Ferguson, Rosalie Collett, Cathy Currey and Wendy Kennedy spend hours every morning clearing rubbish left outside the shop.
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